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Education & Leadership

Red Cross Lifeguard Courses

Red Cross Lifeguard Course (Ages 15+)

The American Red Cross Lifeguard course is available to those who are interested in becoming a certified lifeguard. This course includes certification in First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED and Lifeguard. Participants must pass a written and practical exam for each certification. This course is pass or fail. A required online blended learning portion will be emailed out by the Monday prior to the course. The blended learning portion must be completed by the end of the last class and must be completed in order to receive the lifeguard certification. All course materials included.

Participants must bring the following to class: a mask, swimsuit, towel, goggles, notebook, pen or pencil, highlighter, snack and beverage. The water pretest will be held the first day of the course. Anyone who does not pass the pretest will be refunded the course fee minus $35, plus any course materials taken.

*The classes contain blended learning content and are required to be completed prior to the start of class.  Once registration is processed with payment, the link to the blended learning will be found on the receipt. Please be sure a valid email address is used on your profile when paying for the lifeguard course.

Participants must attend all classes 100% attendance.  

Junior Lifeguarding Course (Ages 11-14)

The American Red Cross has introduced a junior lifeguarding course designed to guide and prepare youth ages 11-14 for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. Course focuses on building  foundation of knowledge, attitude, and skills for future lifeguards.

Lifeguard Review Course (re-certification course for current lifeguards)

This course is for those individuals who are already certified as a lifeguard and need to re-certify all three certifications: First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard certifications. Course dates will be determined in the near future.

*The classes contain blended learning content and are required to be completed prior to the start of class.  Once registration is processed with payment, the link to the blended learning will be found on the receipt. Please be sure a valid email address is used on your profile when paying for the lifeguard course.

Participants must attend all classes 100% attendance.  

Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Module

This course is offered to current certified lifeguards seeking additional Red Cross Waterfront certification for outdoor waterfronts, beaches, lakes or ponds.

There are no Waterfront Lifeguard Modules available at this time. Please stay tuned for new classes!

Cancellation of any of the courses listed above must be done 2 weeks prior to the start of the course to receive a full refund minus a $15 service charge.

For additional information, contact Matt Busse at mbusse@newcanaanymca.org or 203-920-1643.